July 30th, 2012, 09:58 AM
I dumped Boxee Box for a Sony nsz-gs7 with Google Tv
Yep, i am finally Boxee Free and couldnt be happier...
Ships with Plex app to access all your content, ESPN3 WORKS...!!!! PlayOn WORKS...!!! And many other sites that simply dont work on Boxee Box.
I cant imagine how bad ass this will be once XBMC gets a stable release for android...!!!
July 30th, 2012, 10:17 AM
Can you please provide a detailed review after using it for a while...
July 30th, 2012, 11:07 AM
Yes the new Google TV looks pretty nice. However, you have to use an application (Plex) to load local content on the network.
- Stream online TV shows
- Catalog of aggreated shows/movies.
- Over the Air HD
- Application availability - Pandora, Vudu, Amazon Video, Pandora, etc...
- External HD attachment (USB) ?
July 30th, 2012, 08:02 PM
Congrats! I'm waiting for my Chinese Android-TV box to arrive this week. I've been trying out a few key apps on an Android tablet and I'm confident I will be served a bit better by switching.
To Mike3: I know already that the Pandora app works great on a tablet. Amazon Video is not available as an Android app yet, but they do have directions for running it through the Chrome browser if you search for it. Also you can still browse for local network content directly with SMB, Plex not required.
July 30th, 2012, 09:52 PM
Good luck with the GOogleTv!
July 30th, 2012, 11:23 PM
@romerve NSZ-GS7 here as well, got it before it hit the stores. Were you at Google IO this year or did you pre-order, just curious? Glad you like it, I have a few gripes as a developer though which I won't mention here.
Amazon VOD/Prime works, but it is through the Spotlight section via HTML5 via Chrome.
HBO Go works, also via HTML5 via Chrome (basically the same as the Boxee Box).
Both of the above also work on the gen1 devices like the Revue or Sony's.
You are able to load local and remote (Samba) content via our app Mitty(TM) and do a lot of other stuff as well. Plex is very popular for DLNA, but all GTV devices come with DLNA support stock (not Samba though). Plex is a fork of XBMC but they took a very different approach than even Boxee or XBMC.
We also have a custom Navi-X application for Google TV devices - (it won't go down on the weekends).
Our TV Tweets is cool for watching Tweets overlayed on live-tv as well, esp during the Olympics.
RTMP isn't supported on Android though, so none of that. We will play 90+% of your media in the most common formats like mkv, ts, mkts, m2ts, avi, divx, mp4, and flv though.
Pandora, Google Music, Google TV & Movies, and others are all custom applications as well built specifically for the GTV devices.
The new Android sticks running 4.0 are promising as well. No NDK support on the GTV at this moment, but it's coming.
GTVHacker team was also at DEFCON just a few days ago, they rooted the first devices and several others. Waiting on releases.
August 3rd, 2012, 10:28 AM
I wasnt at Google IO and i didnt pre-order it, i just went to my local best buy and grabbed one. I was actually going to get a Roku 2, but decided to go with the Sony GS7.
I have had no issues at all, i am able to play all the local content i have (though plex) and it plays and looks even better than with Boxee.
CBS, NBC and ABC wont work as they banned Google TV, but Spike TV, Comedy central, ESPN3, History Channel and FX work like a charm and on HD. I havent tried any other sites at the moment. So if anyone has any sites that would like to find out if they work or not, let me know and i can try it out.
The channels that wont work can be played through PlayOn. However, you need to use m.playon.tv as something was recently updated and gtv.playon.tv gives 403 error when you click play. I still need to report this to PlayOn so it can be addressed.
Pandora, Slacker, Netflix all work fine. The browser is much much faster than BBoxee and still need to try Last.fm, but it should work no problems. The TV&Movies app is pretty nice, it aggregates the contents and takes you to where it is playing(be it netflix, Amazon or other service). It would be nice it could check local content, but i guess this is based on smb support in order to keep a catalog.
I recently saw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ousqdDf49bo and root looks like it's coming along nicely.
I will definitely give Mitty a shot, i like how it looks like the Tv&Movies app. Is there a trial for Navi-x for Google TV? I would like to see how it works before i pay $4 for it.
Last edited by romerve; August 3rd, 2012 at 10:31 AM.
August 6th, 2012, 06:58 AM
Has it got spotify?
What's the web browser like?
August 6th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Last I had tested, the tv and movies was still relying on whomever your tv provider is - so wouldnt show anything for cable-cutters (Revue running v 3.2)
August 8th, 2012, 10:50 AM
I dont have an Spotify account so i cannot tell you, but there is no app for it. I am sure that if you do it via the web browser it will work with no problems.
The browser is Chrome. It plays most of the flash content i have tried using a flash web service via adobe.com.
If you are cutting cable, you can just go to the websites providing the shows and play them. Yes, it would be nice if TV&Movies app would also show the websites as a source instead of just showing Netflix, Amazon VOD, etc.